More pupils get first choice primary school place this year
16 April 2019
Reading’s new children’s company, Brighter Futures for Children, has made sure all primary school pupils in the borough have a place for September, with 87% (1,644 pupils) getting their first choice and only 1% (36 pupils) offered a divert option.
The number of applications for places at Reading’s primary schools has decreased for the third year running but more parents have been allocated their first choice for their children than in previous years.
A total of 2,110 places were available on National Offer Day (16 April ) in Reading primary schools and there were 1,882 applications. This contrasts with the number of secondary school places applied for this year, which left schools oversubscribed, although places were still found for students.
Brighter Futures for Children, which is owned by, but independent of, Reading Borough Council, has reduced the number of pupils offered none of their preferences significantly this year compared with the past three years. For those who couldn’t be offer a place, a divert school has been offered. All divert schools are considered to be within a reasonable distance of the child’s home address.
Late applications have still to be processed.
In addition, there were 159 pupils who needed an infant to junior school transfer. Reading has only two schools for which this transfer is necessary. 99.37% of Reading residents’ on-time applications received their first preference. There were two pupils who were not offered a place at their preferred school but they are not attending an infant school. Late applications for these, too, still have to be processed.
|Number of applicants||1882||2102||2254||2239|
|Percentage of 1st Preference offers||87.35%||84.02%||77.50%||78.61%|
|Percentage of Second Preference offers||6.75%||8.80%||10.10%||9.11%|
|Percentage of Third Preference offers||2.66%||2.47%||3.81%||4.20%|
|Percentage of Fourth Preference offers||0.85%||1.05%||2.17%||2.46%|
|Percentage of pupils offered a divert||1.19%||3.62%||6.20%||5.40%|
|Percentage of pupils allocated to other LA schools||11.16%||9.61%||9.79%||10.10%|
|Number of pupils offered first preference||1644||1767||1751||1760|
|Number of pupils offered second preference||127||185||228||204|
|Number of pupils offered third preference||50||52||87||94|
|Number of pupils offered fourth preference||16||22||49||55|
|Number of pupils offered a divert||36||76||139||121|
|Number of pupils allocated other LA Schools||210||202||222||226|
|Number of places in Reading schools allocated to children in another LA||43||30||37||37|